Avengers: Endgame contained a number of references to Back to the Future so as to explain how its time travel worked and differed from the version appearing in that popular film. Bob Gale, who wrote the classic time travel adventure trilogy, has now reacted to his work being referenced in the box office smash.
"I was delighted to learn from Endgame that all of the Marvel superheroes are fans of Back to the Future," Gale told The Hollywood Reporter. "I knew our movie had been seen in almost every part of our world, but I had no idea we'd been playing in other parts of the multi-verse too."
Gale added, jokingly, "Now I need to find out if we're owed some money from those multi-verse theatrical runs, and if not, why my contract didn't cover those territories!"
Releasing in 1985, Back to the Future starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis and spawned two sequels, which released in 1989 and 1990. The three films are beloved worldwide and even by directors Joe and Anthony Russo, though their take on the subject of time travel in Endgame is very different.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.